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Mayor Larry Dixon watches as his opponent, Kelly Bush, answers questions during the Oct. 18 Business and Professional Women Political Forum.

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Simpson County Judge-Executive Mason Barnes speaks with county clerk candidate Austin Johnson before the Business and Professional Women Political Forum on Oct. 18.

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Kelly Bush, an independent IT consultant and owner of an organic farm in Franklin, is running to unseat Mayor Larry Dixon.

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Brent Deweese, chief deputy jailer and sales manager for Kellwell Food Management, is running to unseat Judge-Executive Mason Barnes in November’s election.

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RUSSELLVILLE — A vehicle driven by a deputy with the Logan County Sheriff’s Department was struck from behind Oct. 11 at Stevenson Mill Road and the bypass in Russellville.

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Nineteen local candidates participated in the 2022 Primary Election Forum on Oct. 11, sponsored by the Franklin-Simpson Human Rights Commission, at the courthouse.

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The two candidates for Simpson County judge-executive — incumbent Mason Barnes and challenger Brent Deweese — participated in the 2022 Primary Election Forum on Oct. 11, sponsored by the Franklin-Simpson Human Rights Commission, at the courthouse.

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The two candidates for Franklin mayor — incumbent Larry Dixon and challenger Kelly Bush — participated in the 2022 Primary Election Forum on Oct. 11, sponsored by the Franklin-Simpson Human Rights Commission, at the courthouse.

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The two candidates for Simpson County West District magistrate — incumbent Nathanial Downey and challenger Jeffrey Burr — participated in the 2022 Primary Election Forum on Oct. 11, sponsored by the Franklin-Simpson Human Rights Commission, at the courthouse.

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The Franklin City Commission on Monday set Halloween trick-or-treat hours and authorized the closing of several local streets for the upcoming Boo Fest on Oct. 22 and Trunk or Treat on the square on Oct. 30 sponsored by Franklin First United Methodist Church.

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The Franklin City Commission on Monday set a Nov. 17 date for a public get-together at the Cornerstone Building to review results from a survey to collect public input for Franklin Forward 2040, a comprehensive plan to be used as a guidebook for growth and planning in the city.

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Christmas comes earlier every year, the saying goes. This year, in Franklin, downtown shoppers will get their first taste of shopping for Christmas on the square literally a week earlier than usual.

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Senior Malyea Partinger was crowned the 2022 Franklin-Simpson football homecoming queen on Friday night at James “Shadetree” Mathews Stadium at Hugh Crowdus Field.

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A construction worker directing traffic on East Cedar Street was injured Sept. 21 when she was struck by a passing vehicle.

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Franklin-Simpson High School celebrates Football Homecoming 2022 this week. The week-long celebration will culminate on Friday with the football game against the Russell County Lakers and the crowning of the Football Homecoming Queen.

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Franklin-Simpson High School 2019 graduates Hunter Owens (left) and Zane Soyars continue their marching band careers as members of the Western Kentucky University Big Red Marching Band. Both are seniors and section leaders.

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On Sept. 10, 8-year-old Knox Mason had 30 feet of soaking-wet green between him and a trip to Augusta National Golf Course.

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The Franklin-Simpson AARP Chapter #335 on Sept. 15 celebrated its 58th anniversary with a luncheon and a guest speaker, state AARP director Ron Bridges, who spoke briefly about the benefits to seniors via the Inflation Reduction Act recently passed in Washington, D.C.

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Horse racing fans from across the country were at Kentucky Downs the past few weeks as the live racing on the grass continues to grow in popularity — and in purses.

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Horse racing in Franklin is growing up to be quite a powerful event in the horse industry, with a total live-racing purse expected at about $18 million with its ongoing live racing — a long way from its humble beginning in its initial run in 1990 as Dueling Grounds with steeplechase racing.

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An online survey to garner input from Franklin and Simpson County residents on how they would like to see the area develop in the next 20 years has ended, and it will take about six weeks for that data to be compiled and presented.

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Above: Movers work to secure a house Monday on North College Street being moved in Franklin to make way for renovations to Franklin Bank & Trust. The home was moved to a lot down the street. Right: Movers take steps to secure a house to a trailer Monday on North College Street. The home …

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Hunter Delk and Taran Kriser were the Simpson County and overall winners of the 5K walk downtown in Saturday’s 40th annual Garden Spot 5K Run and Walk presented by Med Center Health-Medical Center at Franklin. Both Delk and Kriser finished with a time of 38:03.

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Portland (Tenn.) High School graduate Zachary Colovos, the 2020 valedictorian at the school, is in the beginning of a unique opportunity as an intern at NASA’s Johnson Space Center in Houston.

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Lucy Eversman, Franklin Elementary School and Lincoln Elementary School coordinator for the Franklin Resource and Youth Service Centers, talks to a family during a backpack giveaway Friday at the Beasley House.

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Southcentral Kentucky Community and Technical College Franklin-Simpson Center hosted instructors and staff from across the Federation for Advanced Manufacturing Education network on campus for three days of training July 26-28 to deliver the Manufacturing Core Exercise curriculum on problem …

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Simpson County High School junior Kinley Cummings recently returned home from Kentucky Farm Bureau’s Institute for Future Agricultural Leaders.